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HMS students spread holiday cheer HMS students create chew toys for pets during Community Service Day

Hockinson Middle School ended the week with an outpouring of holiday cheer … and food and blankets and chew toys and ornaments … during its first-ever Community Service Day on Friday, Dec. 14.

Schools levy request goes to voters Hockinson logo

The Hockinson School Board of Direc­tors has approved two requests that will go before the community on the Feb. 12, 2019, ballot. They are a Replacement School Programs & Operations Levy and a new Capital Levy for Technology & School Improvements.

HHS presents “Fiddler on the Roof" HHS cast of "Fiddler on the Roof"

The Hockinson High School Theatre Company is presenting audience favorite “Fiddler on the Roof” Nov. 29-30, and Dec. 6-8.

Message from Superintendent Sandra Yager Hockinson logo

Dear Hockinson Families,

I am writing to let you know that I have accepted the position of superintendent of Cornerstone Christian Academy, beginning in July 2019. My resignation will go before the Board of Directors at this evening’s special meeting (Nov. 7). I have asked that it be effective July 1, 2019.

Battle of the Books Battle of the Books

Welcome to Battle of the Books! Read more for Who, What, When, Where, and Why...

Veterans Day Celebration Thank you, Veterans

You are invited to Hockinson Middle School's Veterans Day Assembly on November 9th from 9:40 - 11:30.

HMS Fall Band Concert Band Concert

Middle School Fall Concert Thursday, October 18th!

Emergency Alert System to ring cell phones Oct. 3 CORRECTION: image of smartphone with alert

TIME CORRECTION: The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), is scheduled to test the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) at 11:18 a.m. Oct. 3, 2018.

The test is intended to assess the operational readiness of infrastructure for distribution of a national message and will be sent to cell phones connected to wireless providers participating in WEA.

For more information, please see the FEMA website.

School year calendar update 2018-19 school year calendar

The latest version of Hockinson's 2018-19 calendar is available in the Quick Links in the top righthand corner of the district homepage.

Welcome back, students! HMS students play a circle game

We're so excited to have our students back in class! Check out our back-to-school photos at: www.hocksd.org/Gallery

Welcome back to school! Pencils, sharpener, notebook

We are excited to welcome our Hockinson students back to school tomorrow—Tuesday, Sept. 4—and kindergartners on Friday, Sept. 7! More ...

Hockinson district, teachers union achieve tentative agreement typewriter

Hockinson School District and Hockinson Education Association negotiators reached a tentative agreement Sunday night on a two-year contract for certificated staff.

Details of the agreement will be released pending ratification by the teachers union, which is meeting at noon Monday, Sept. 3.

School is tentatively scheduled to begin Tuesday, Sept. 4. The district will send an update Monday.

“We appreciate our community’s patience during these negotiations and their enthusiastic support for education in Hockinson,” said Superintendent Sandra Yager. “We are eager to welcome our staff and students back to school and to embark on another exciting school year.”

Labor relations update 9/1/18 typewriter

The negotiating teams are not meeting today but are scheduled to return to negotiations tomorrow—Sunday, Sept. 2. We apologize for the multiple messages but will continue to do our best to keep our community updated during this process. Our next update will be on Sunday.

Message from the School Board 8/31/18 Hockinson logo

Dear Community Members:

Greetings from your Hockinson School Board.

Our school district’s work stoppage has been a challenging time for our community, staff and particularly for our families with school-age children. We appreciate your sacrifices and your patience.

We have been keeping in close contact with Superintendent Yager throughout this negotiation and mediation process, providing her with support and encouragement as she and her staff work toward a prompt, affordable and sustainable solution.

We truly value each of our employees, and want to find resolution within the constraints of the district’s budget. Our goal is to get our teachers, classified staff and students back to school as soon as possible.

Sincerely,

Kathy Nordberg, Chair

Dave Olson, Vice Chair

Gordon Smith, Director

Greg Gospe, Director

Steve Nylund, Director

Labor Relations Update 8/31/18 8:30 p.m. typewriter

Hello, Hockinson Families --

The district and teachers union bargaining teams are still at the table negotiating, working toward an agreement.

We will be in touch again tomorrow, Saturday, with a negotiations update.

Thank you for your patience. 

For additional details about the process, please see our Labor Relations web page. If you have questions that have not been answered, please email districtcommunication@hocksd.org.

Hockinson School District

Road work Friday, Aug. 31 road work sign

Road work is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 31, at the corner of NE 159th Street and 182nd Avenue. Please use caution.

Labor relations update 8/30/18 -- 4:00 p.m. typewriter

Hello, Hockinson Families --

We continue to make progress in negotiations.

The Hockinson School District and Hockinson Education Association (HEA) have yet to reach a tentative agreement.

This means that HEA, which represents our teachers, will continue its work stoppage, and there will be no school tomorrow, Friday, Aug. 31.

School offices remain closed, and the District Office will be open regular hours.

The district and union bargaining teams will continue negotiating, and we will keep you posted as we work toward an agreement.

Our goal remains unchanged: to provide a competitive salary that is affordable and sustainable, both for our school district and for our community.

The district will continue providing updates on its Labor Relations web page and its hotline at 360-448-6401.

If you have questions that have not been answered, please email districtcommunication@hocksd.org.

Hockinson School District

Labor relations update 8/30/18 -- 9:45 a.m. typewriter

Good morning, Hockinson community --

The negotiating teams are meeting with the state mediator again this morning after a one-day break, and everyone is working hard to reach agreement.

The district will send an email, text and voice call by 5 p.m. today—and earlier if possible—informing everyone whether school will start tomorrow.

The district appreciates the hard work of the negotiating teams and extends its thanks to the district’s entire staff, and students and families for their patience at this difficult time.

Updates will continue to be posted on the District’s Labor Relations webpage and on the hotline at 360-448-6401.

Labor Relations Update 8/29/18 typewriter

Mediation to resume Thursday, Aug. 30.

The Hockinson School District and Hockinson Education Association negotiating teams will be meeting Thursday to continue working toward a contract agreement. 

HSD will use the same notification process we used Tuesday, Aug. 28, to notify our families about whether there will be school the following day -- robocall, email and text messaging. We will share this information as soon as it is available.

The document linked below offers answers to many questions from our community, including questions about the current work stoppage. We also have added an article from WSSDA on 2018-19 school district budgets and collective bargaining. 

Hockinson School District Labor Relations Q & A

 

Letter to Hockinson families 8/28/18 Hockinson logo

Dear Hockinson Families:

I am writing to let you know that even though we have made progress over the past couple of days, the Hockinson School District and Hockinson Education Association (HEA) were unable to reach a tentative agreement today. This means that HEA, which represents our teachers, will begin a two-day work stoppage tomorrow, Wednesday, Aug. 29.

Labor relations update 8/28/18-11 a.m. typewriter

The negotiating teams are back to mediation after working until 2 this morning. Both the district and teachers union are committed to working hard today in an effort to reach agreement.

With the first day of school scheduled to begin less than 24 hours from now, we understand that families need to finalize their plans for Wednesday.

 

Labor relations update 8/27/18 typewriter

Negotiating teams for Hockinson School District and the Hockinson Education Association (HEA) are working into the night with a mediator from the state Public Employees Resource Commission (PERC).

They engaged in mediation Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018, from 9 a.m. until midnight. Negotiations resumed at 9 a.m. Monday, Aug. 27. The District is willing to stay at the table for as long as it takes to reach a tentative agreement on a new contract. HSD is striving to provide its staff with competitive compensation while ensuring contracts are affordable and sustainable for the District.

Labor relations update 8/26/18 typewriter

The updated document linked below provides answers to many questions regarding labor negotiations.

Hockinson School District Labor Relations Q&A

If you have a question that has not been answered, please send it to districtcommunication@hocksd.org

Click here to visit the Labor Relations webpage.

Letter to Hockinson Families 8/25/2018 Hockinson logo

Dear Hockinson Families:

As you are probably well aware, Hockinson School District is negotiating a new contract with the Hockinson Education Association (HEA), which represents teachers, counselors and other education professionals.

Labor Relations Update 8/22/18 typewriter

The document linked below is an analysis of guidance sent to districts today, Aug. 22, 2018, by state schools Superintendent Chris Reykdal.

State schools superintendent cautions negotiating districts

Letter to the Hockinson community 8/21/2018 Hockinson logo

Dear Hockinson Community:

I hope you have been enjoying a good summer. We are eagerly anticipating getting our students back on our campuses for the start of the 2018-19 school year.

As you have likely heard, we are still negotiating contracts with our staff. As of Aug. 21, 2018, the district and Hockinson Education Association (HEA)—teacher union—have negotiated tentative agreements for 23 changes requested by the union. However, there remains a considerable difference between the union’s compensation requests and what the district’s budget can afford. We are scheduled to begin mediation Sunday, Aug. 26, with assistance from Public Employment Relations Commission (PERC).

Labor relations update 8/21/18 typewriter

Mediation to begin Sunday, Aug. 26

Today, Tuesday, Aug. 21, we were notified that the first meeting for Hockinson School District (HSD) and the Hockinson Education Association (HEA) with a mediator will take place Sunday, Aug. 26.

Why bring in a mediator?

On Wednesday, Aug. 15, there remained a considerable difference between HEA’s compensation requests and what HSD’s budget can afford. Per the request of the district, HSD and HEA jointly filed a request for a mediator from the Public Employment Relations Commission (PERC). A mediator was assigned to Hockinson on Friday, Aug. 17.

Click here to visit the Labor Relations webpage.

If you have a question that has not been answered, please send it to districtcommunication@hocksd.org.

Labor relations update 8/20/18 typewriter

The document linked below provides answers to many questions our community has about Hockinson School District's budget, state funding and current labor negotiations. 

Hockinson School District Labor Relations Q&A

If you have a question that has not been answered, please send it to districtcommunication@hocksd.org

Click here to visit the Labor Relations webpage.

Labor Relations Update 8/16/18 typewriter

Greetings from Hockinson School District.

Our district has been in contract negotiations with its two unions over the past few months.

As of Aug. 16, 2018, the district and the Hockinson Education Association (HEA)—teachers union—have negotiated tentative agreements for 23 changes requested by the union.

However, at the Aug. 15 meeting of HEA and district negotiators, there remained a considerable difference between the union’s compensation requests and what the district’s budget can afford.

Proof of Vaccination for 2018-2019 Medical equipment

Washington State Law requires that all children attending a licensed child care or school must provide proof of vaccination prior to entering school. Parents/guardians can meet this requirement by completing and returning the State of Washington Certificate of Immunization Status form, this form shows their child has received the required vaccinations (or has immunity from previous illness). Parents can also print a copy of their child's immunization record directly from the WA Immunization Registry. This form and instructions can be found at https://www.doh.wa.gov

Candy for Operation Gratitude Operation Gratitude

We are having our 1st HomeBase competition in November. We will be collecting left over Halloween candy and toiletries from November 1st through November 9th. The candy will be sent to Operation Gratitude to California and the toiletries will be donated to the VA center in Battle ground.

Fall Scholastic Book Fair Scholastic Book Fair

Come find books for all ages at the District Wide Fall Scholastic Book Fair!

 

Welcome

Thanks for visiting Hockinson Middle School

"Preparing All Students for Lifelong Success"
Our vision is to inspire all to live with strong core values, to become competent, responsible learners, Independent thinkers, and positive contributors to our changing world.
Main Office: 360-448-6440
Attendance: 360-448-6441
Fax: 360-448-6449

WHERE TO LOOK
Schoology Skyward Website (hocksd.org/hms/home)
Academic Progress Attendance School-wide Information
Grades Online Payments (i.e. Lunch) Student Handbook
Syllabus   School-wide Links 
Calendar of Major Due Dates for your Students   School-wide Calendar of Events
Student-athletes make their mark girls cross-country district champions

The Hawks are student-athletes, making their mark in the classroom as well as on the field, in the pool and on the trail.

The girls swimming and cross-country teams have both been named Academic State Champions for the 2018-19 fall sports season—achieving the highest grade-point average among all Washington high schools in their enrollment classification.

Parent-Student-Teacher Fall Conference Week Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent-Student-Teacher Fall Conference Week is October 22-26, 2018.

8th Grade Promotion Ceremony 

We'd like to invite all 8th grade families to join us for our
8th Grade Promotion Ceremony 
on 
June 21st 
at 
6:00 PM 
in the new 
Middle School Gym

There will be light refreshments in the commons area immediately following for parents and students to visit and take pictures. Students will need to be at school in the small gym at 5:30 to prepare for the event.

HHS senior earns perfect ACT score Lexie Stucki at HHS

Lexie Stucki shows that practice can, indeed, make perfect.

The HHS senior scored a perfect 36 on her ACT test. She’s among fewer than 0.2 percent of test-takers scoring that high on the college entrance exam in 2018.

“I was pretty sure I did well, but did not think it’d be that good,” she said.

Lexie had taken the ACT once before and then bought a program that analyzed her previous score and guided her in areas where she could improve. She spent about 50 hours over the summer studying and working on practice problems.

Although she said she wouldn’t describe the process as “fun,” the new score has inspired her to expand the list of four-year universities she’s applying to. Her goal is to focus on math or science.

“She’s a motivated student who wants to do well and always wants to challenge herself,” said HHS guidance counselor Myke Pace. “Lexie is a well-rounded kid who’ll go on to be successful in whatever she does.”

Lexie plays clarinet in band and marching band—which she describes as “a big, happy family”—and participates in soccer, National Honor Society and Key Club.

What advice does she have for other students preparing to take the ACT?

“Find enough time to study, so you don’t have to cram it all in at the end.”

CONGRATULATIONS to our 40 Book Challenge award winners!

6th Grade:  Connor G., Annaka N., Averie K., Rebecca S., Lillian C., Celia R., Nicholas J., Annabelle M., Ashley S., Ava G., Alex H., Lauren T., Sophia S., Isaiah T., Beckett A., Sofia L., Annaka V., Elsa G., Paeten T., Ryan H., Andrew M., Delaney R., Ellie O., Emma T., 
Austin S., Timothy T.
7th Grade: Olivia A., Kaylen D., Linnea G., Olivia H., Cedric H., Mei-Ling H., Milan M., Ella M., Jackson S., Sofia S., Avery V., Abby W., Ryann G., Alisha L., Emmerson R., Casey J., 
Nicole W., Parker D., Maksim T.
8th Grade:  Annabella H., Clara B., Rebecca T., Daniel F., Adisynne S., Taylor S., Ashley K., Riley H., Anna M.

HHS girls soccer dedicates season, wins league title Soccer team members hold Warriors for Wyatt signs

When the HHS girls soccer team beat R.A. Long Oct. 18 for the league title, it was more than a win for the team. It was also a win for Wyatt.

The team has dedicated its season to Wyatt Draper, a 5-year-old from Ridgefield who has been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor.

“Now that we have that emotional connection to him, it makes it a lot more special to play and to win,” said soccer team captain Brooke Grosz.

Wyatt is the son of Tyler and Sara Draper, who went to school with HHS soccer coach Joe Chicks in Ridgefield.

“I thought it would be a good way to get our girls involved in something bigger than sports and giving back,” Chicks said. “Some things are more important than just soccer. This puts things in perspective.”

When the team warms up before matches, they wear “Warriors for Wyatt” T-shirts. Before each game begins, they say, “Let’s play for Wyatt.”

“We play for each other, we play for our community—but we also play for Wyatt,” said Brooke, who is a junior.

Technically, the team has one league game left, Oct. 23 against Woodland. But even if they lose, HHS will retain its No. 1 ranking in the 2A Greater St. Helens League.

“They’re a really talented group of players,” Chicks said, “but I think a big part of their success is they’re willing to put the team above themselves. When you’ve got the talent and the right attitude, it makes for a special season.”    

2017-2018 Homework Club

8:00 - 8:45   Tues, Wed, Thurs
2:20 - 3:20   Wed
3:20 - 4:20   Mon, Tues, Thurs

2019 Graduation Day moved to June 13 graduation scene

The Hockinson School Board voted Monday, Sept. 24, to move Graduation Day for HHS's Class of 2019 to Thursday, June 13.

 

Homework Club Homework Club

Need a quiet place to do homework?  A little extra support in one of your classes?  A place to meet with a classmate to work on your group project?  If so, then Homework Club is for you!

Middle School wins design award Hockinson Middle School

Hockinson Middle School and architect DOWA-IBI Group have received an award for Outstanding Design! 

The HMS project will be included in the 2018 American School & University Architectural Portfolio, which is scheduled to be published in late November, and will be among projects included in an online database at SchoolDesigns.com.

School Hours

First Day of School
September 6, 2017

Office Hours
8:00 am - 4:00 pm

School Hours
8:50 am - 3:20 pm
1-hour early release every Wednesday

Please visit our School Info page to find forms, school supply lists and more!

HSD offers smartphone app Image of a smartphone

There's an app for that! Hockinson School District's smartphone app is available, and here's how to get it:

Visit your app store and search for "SchoolPointe Stay Connected." 
Download the Schoolpointe app. 
Select Hockinson School District.

HSD will become your default app, and you will have the latest district news, events, staff directory, notifications and more -- all on your smartphone!

New Online Facility Request Hockinson Middle School Outside

Hockinson School District is pleased to announce a new online facility request and rental system designed to provide a positive user experience for all.  

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